[REBOL] Re: [REBOL]Re: Larry Wall's REBOL opinion
From: tim-johnsons::web::com at: 22-Nov-2005 9:33
* SunandaDH-aol.com <SunandaDH-aol.com> [051122 07:43]:
> > Major revisions can be headaches, methinks.
> Larry Wall uses an even stronger term: for PERL, it's the apocalypse.
Apocalypse huh? Perl 6.0 has been in the can so long, I sometimes
wonder if it is "apocryphal" <wink>
> But minor revisions can be headaches too....
Tell me about it!
cniweb is a very rebol friendly hoster, and hosts a number of
different rebol users. We had a panic attack in March of 2003 when the
hoster upgraded rebol and scripts were breaking *everywhere*
But as soon as he restored the original, all was good and he hasn't
dared to do an upgrade since.....
Sorry, - I can't remember what was breaking...
But a pre-2003 binary lives on the machines hosting the virtual
domains for that hoster.
> ....REBOL.org, which runs purely on REBOL/Core, is a version or two behind
> current /Core releases. Why? Minor incompatibilities that we haven't yet tracked
> down across 120+ scripts would break too many things....
> .... And it's starting to matter as it is not always possible to even load
> the headers of scripts written for later versions. Example:
> The script is not rendered in color as it crashes our attempts to parse it
> with the version of Core we run.
> Backwards and forwards compatibility should be goals of any language intended
> to support applications with a life time measuring more than a few months.
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Tim Johnson <tim-johnsons-web.com>